Lunar Eclipse Winter Solstice 2010 Time Lapse

The weather forecast wasn’t great for Monday night-Tuesday morning, but I decided to stay up anyway to try a time lapse of the total lunar eclipse. I used the built-in interval timers on a pair of Nikon D200s, one with a 17-55mm lens, the other started with a 300mm and a 1.4x teleconverter. My thought was to alternate between the wide and the tight shots, but the moon moves awfully quickly through the frame of such a tight composition. Not knowing the exact path the moon would follow, I switched to a 70-200 for the later tight shots. Still, the moon moved pretty quickly through the frame, so I found myself having to recompose every ten minutes or so, and then trying to edit together the clips in Final Cut to make it look like one pan.

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